The World Publishing Company: Cleveland and New York, 1958. Hardcover.
Facsimile with the heft and feel of an original copy. Its thick Morris-like pages have deckle edges. The print is crisp though a tiny bit lighter (as lithographically printed) than Morris's original very dark custom font.
The typography of the book is very reminiscent of those of other works from the Middle Ages, closely resembling what we would call a blackletter. The typeface has thick serifs and bold outlines. Typically, blackletters of this type are usually hard to read as body text but this book does a nice job battling this as it adds large tracking between its letters. When the typeface is illustrated the letters take on dark outlines as the inside is usually blank or stylized.
The Kelmscott Press was initially developed because of Morris' disapproval of the quality of books that were being printed at the time. He sought, with the introduction of his printing press, to revive the beauty that he saw in previous medieval manuscripts and works.
Light green boards with an intricate blind-stamped front decoration; spine titles in gilt. The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. The Dust Jacket is with price and is in a new clear protective Mylar sleeve has light shelf wear and minor soiling. Folio; 13.25 inches tall; 554 pages.
Near Fine / Very Good. Item #014235